Cyber Bullying isn’t a topic I have ever cared enough for to consider writing about, however, recent events of my social media usage have brought me to the realization that silence isn’t always the solution. A recent event of cyber bullying left me sullen and very upset. I guess sometimes one needs to get angry enough about something to want to do something about it. This is also for those who have and those will most certainly fall victim.
The internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like never before. Many of us use the internet to connect with friends, get to know what is happening around us, online businesses among other things. But, some people use it for crime – cybercrime to exploit and mistreat others, that is to say, cyber bullying, transaction fraud, sexual explicatory, hacking among others.
Cyber-Bullying is an act of harassment and abuse that takes place within a digital setting, most commonly classified as Internet or Online-based forums. Examples of cyber bullying include; mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Here are some scenarios of cyber bullying;
Cyber bullying is a rampant evil that is taking our cyber space each and every day. Chances are that many people who used the internet for a while have either experienced, witnessed or at least taken part in cyber bullying. It might have been knowingly or unknowingly.
I fell victim to social networking cyber bullying which is the most raw and common of type of cyber bullying. This happened on two social networking platforms, namely twitter and Facebook, by the same notorious individual. The worst part of it, this individual did it for cheap popularity and fame to get likes and retweets on the posts. But don’t they all! Whole and happy people don’t thrive on destroying other people.
Many people on social media need to know that there is more to social media than posting content for likes and retweets, shares and comments. This is the very reason why such mannerisms of posting for fame continue to surface on social media. I usually tell people,
many people know too much online yet understand too little.
Many cyber bullies always claim, “it’s just social media, it’s not that serious!” Cyber bullying has far-reaching effects to victims, including but not limited to anxiety, depression and distress, and in extreme conditions suicide. Cyber bullying is wrong and it should neither happen to you nor anyone, irrespective of age, physical size, gender or number of followers.
In the terms and conditions of all social networking sites, the rules are clear, though most people just agree with them without reading through, and starting using the service. Here is a quick example, if you check twitter terms of services, section 4. Using the service, the developers included the Twitter rules, and in the rules, subsection 2. Abusive behavior has whole segment that addresses all this and its penalties. If only, people read these terms, the cyber space would totally be conducive.
Here some simple yet vital steps a victim of cyber bully can undertake;
- Talk to the bully either publicly or in a private message.
- If the bully refuses to apologize and refuses to take down the post, report the post, either to that exact social media platform or the international cyber-crime alert center.
Report using the platform following these steps:
So, here is my humble appeal to all social media users, before you share any pictures, videos, graphics or any kind of content, make sure you are posting the truth about someone, especially the captions in the pictures. Ask people before using their pictures anywhere online. Kindly don’t abuse, threaten people, and in case you have been abused not return fire, just report to that social media and keep your peace, knowing that silence is the best revenge. Also remember the world won’t stop because you didn’t response.
A cyber space with no cyber bullying is possible, it begins with you.